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This document is dated July 26, 2010. It may not be accurate after such date and LNC does not undertake to update or keep it accurate after such date.
   
 

Lincoln Foundation Fights AIDS Through Education
More than $720,000 in Education Grants Awarded

Fort Wayne, Ind., July 26, 2010— Lincoln Financial Foundation is partnering with the AIDS Task Force to educate northeast Indiana youth on the danger posed by HIV/AIDS and risky behavior. The project is part of more than $720,000 in education grants the Lincoln Foundation recently made to 22 local nonprofits.

A $60,000 grant from the Lincoln Foundation will help underwrite the Youth Empowerment Program, a six- to eight-week multi-session program that educates 13- to 19-year-olds on the risks associated with HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy. The program provides a safe atmosphere in which youth can discuss often difficult topics such as substance abuse, body image, peer pressure and sexually aggressive behaviors.

The grant from the Lincoln Foundation, which has provided support to the AIDS Task Force since 1987, also will support educational outreach to African-Americans, Hispanics, women, the poor and homeless and other underserved populations. The AIDS Task Force is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2010 and provides targeted HIV prevention programs by working with more than 120 organizations throughout northeast Indiana.

Other education grants awarded include:
  • $100,000 to Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana to support the Elementary Economics and Lincoln Finance Park programs. These programs help students better understand the economic impact of their financial decisions and larger regional and national issues in the context of their personal finances and the local economy.
  • $49,000 to Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities to subsidize childcare fees for families with special needs children at the Robert Kimbrough Early Learning Center.
  • $48,500 to Early Childhood Alliance for the Book Buddies Family Literacy Program and to provide early care and education for children of homeless families.
  • $45,000 to Allen County Education Partnership for Project READS (Reading, Early Assistance in Developing Skills), which helps children in kindergarten through third grade develop and improve their reading and writing skills.
  • $45,000 to Science Central to support educational programs offered in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Demonstration Theater and for Lincoln's Employee Attendance Package.
  • $45,000 to YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne for youth programs including the Southeast Family YMCA Childcare Program; Old Fort YMCA's Summer Day Camp; and Camp Potawotami's Outdoor Education Program.
  • $40,000 to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne to provide financial assistance to academically advanced high school students enrolled in the Collegiate Connection Program. This assistance allows students from low-income families the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school.
  • $40,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation to create Video Adaptive Learning Objects (VALOs) for the Advanced Manufacturing Program in the School of Technology. VALOs use a technology-based approach that enables students to practice critical thinking and decision-making skills on highly technical equipment in a virtual setting.
  • $32,000 to Northeast Indiana Public Radio to support broadcasting All Things Considered. The program presents news, interviews, commentaries, reviews and offbeat features, educating listeners on a broad spectrum of information and opinion.
  • $30,000 to Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana to provide scholarships that enable girls from low-income families to attend camp and provide programs that meet their physical, developmental, educational, emotional and social needs while actively building leadership skills.
  • $25,000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne for Project Learn, an after-school program that includes homework help and tutoring, high-yield learning activities, technology and enhancement programs, incentives and recognition.
  • $25,000 to Educational Opportunity and Talent Search Center for computer training, GED preparation and English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) classes at the Center. These educational programs help youth remain in school, attend college, keep job skills current and continue their education.
  • $25,000 to Euell Wilson Center for after-school programs that include mentoring, life skills classes, performing arts classes, homework support, reading and math tutoring and general recreation.
  • $23,000 to Lifeline Youth and Family Services for the Building Blocks Preschool which serves the low-income community of Brookmill Court Apartments.
  • $16,000 to United Hispanic-Americans for the Chartering New Paths for Our Youth Program. This program encompasses five Hispanic youth programs and includes cultural enrichment activities that teach leadership skills, how to engage the community in a positive way and academic excellence.
  • $15,000 to Fort Wayne Public Television for the PBS Kids Go! Writers' Contest that encourages children in kindergarten through third grade to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.
  • $15,000 to Leadership Fort Wayne to fund youth leadership programs, including Youth Leadership Fort Wayne, Youth as Resources and the Leadership Exploration and Development Program, and for Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana for website completion and the YLNI Vote Initiative.
  • $15,000 to Mental Health America for the "Kids on the Block" puppet programs. The programs teach children about a variety of disabilities and issues including cerebral palsy, hearing impairments, diabetes, developmental disabilities and spina bifida, and teach acceptance of, and appreciation for, children who are different.
  • $10,000 to Power House Youth Center to support Power Plant, an after-school program for youth in grades 6-12 that includes homework assistance, tutoring, seminars and opportunities to enhance creative and social skills and participation in community service projects.
  • $10,000 to Southeast Youth Council for the Cornerstone Youth Center's Education Center, which offers a computer lab, tutoring and homework assistance.
  • $7,000 to East Allen Family Resource Center to provide preschool services for children ages three and four, and after-school and summer programs for children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is the charitable giving arm of Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. Lincoln Financial sets aside up to 2% of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. The Lincoln Foundation allocated more than $2.6 million to support nonprofits in the greater Fort Wayne area in 2009. Since 1962, the Lincoln Foundation has contributed nearly $85 million to Fort Wayne nonprofits.

About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $146 billion as of March 31, 2010. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life and disability insurance;
401(k) and 403(b) plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.

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Lincoln Financial Foundation
260 455-3879

Byron Champlin
Lincoln Financial Foundation
603 226-5554
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